6.5x55 handloads


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Wildalaska
January 6, 2005, 01:43 AM
My 6.5x55 handloads look soooooooooooooooooo cool, like picture a 140 graiin Sierra MK loaded out to 3.100 in a case measuring 2.150, god they are like arrows, I think I will toss away my teddy bear and snuggle up with one....gawd I love that cartridge!!!

WildgimmeaninchofbulletbabyAlaska

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ftierson
January 6, 2005, 04:40 AM
Yup, I agree...

They looked good in 1964 when I first started reloading them, and they look even better today.

And, you can actually find inexpensive cases today, which is something that you had more difficulty doing way back then. Only Herter's had new cartridge cases at a reasonable cost. The Norma brass was hard to find and expensive.

c_yeager
January 6, 2005, 05:25 AM
I have been looking into getting a rifle in 6.5 swede for some time now. The problem is that I don't hunt and I don't do any shooting past 200 yards. is it wrong to buy a rifle just cause you think the cartridge it fires is cool looking?

only1asterisk
January 6, 2005, 05:45 AM
is it wrong to buy a rifle just cause you think the cartridge it fires is cool looking?

Nope!

I am getting a Ruger #1 rebarreled to 360 Nitro #2 just for such a reason.


David <-- another swede fan

Wildalaska
January 6, 2005, 04:22 PM
I have been looking into getting a rifle in 6.5 swede for some time now.

Go buy a nice 96, get the fron sight set for 100 yards have fun!

WildamazeyourfriendsAlaska

mtnbkr
January 6, 2005, 04:39 PM
I load mine long too and they do look cool. I'm going to work up a load for the 160gr Sierra ProHunter this summer. :)

Dunno why I bother though, my 140gr Gameking load dropped the deer I shot this season.

Chris

buzz meeks
January 7, 2005, 09:35 PM
I was pretty upset when I found out my new CZ550 full stock had a shorter throat than my old Swede 96. My rounds shrank from a glorious 3.090 to a measly 2.965. Egads. But you want to see cool? Seat a 286 grain bullet long in a 9.3x62 case. Those 338 WM shooters start to feel small.

mtnbkr
January 7, 2005, 10:53 PM
I saw one of those CZs in 6.5x55 a few months ago, that was a purty rifle. I'm a sucker for mannlicher style carbines.

Chris

buzz meeks
January 8, 2005, 08:46 PM
Yeah, my CZ is a dandy now, but it didn't start out that way. CZ shipped the thing with a horrible piece of wood originally. Were it not a Mannlicher style I might not have balked but since the wood is such a feature on the full stock rifles, it had better be right and it had better look right. CZ replaced the stock with no questions asked and I was rewarded with a beautiful, dense, tiger-striped walnut beauty. You should buy one while you can. I have this bad feeling that things like the CZs will dry up or go up in price and in a decade or two we will all be asking ourselves why we didn't buy one while we could. And no, I don't work for them.

MLC
January 9, 2005, 12:09 PM
With the Czech Republic now in the E.U. you can expect quite a hike in CZ prices.
They announced it in the autumn.

Wildalaska
January 10, 2005, 01:15 AM
Yes boys and girls, the swede today with the carefully crafted loads produced a 5 shot group., all shots touching, measured. .546.

Would have had another one, but I was shotting next to spiff ya know, brass raining on my head, burst firing an AR whenever I got ready to shoot...

WildihadtoyellathimtostopshootingsoicaouldshootthatoneAlaska

spacemanspiff
January 10, 2005, 02:15 PM
pshaawww! i was merely trying to help you improve your accuracy while under duress. if you can only get head shots at 200 yards when no one else is shooting, you aint gonna be much use to us when the zombie shtf.

larryw
January 10, 2005, 06:36 PM
What amazed me is with all the talk on this thread, NOT A SINGLE PICTURE was posted! Sheesh :cuss:

longrifleman
January 11, 2005, 01:07 PM
I've been bitten by the Swede bug recently but haven't found one. I do have some questions I hope youse guys can answer.

What is the lightest bullet that will shoot accurately in a standard twist (M 96) barrel? Available bullets cover a wide range but I doubt all would shoot well.

Are there any good sources for imports besides FAC and Samco? I've been looking at the C & R dealers sites but haven't had much luck. Some of the fancy schmancy dealers have them but the price seems a bit steep.

Both Igman and FNC offer loaded ammo for not that much more than bulk brass but I don't know anything about the quality of the brass for reloading. Any experience?

Longwildcanmakeasalehererifleman

ftierson
January 11, 2005, 09:33 PM
I don't know about others, but, as a kid, I used to load and shoot the old Norma 77gr spitzer bullet for woodchucks. I shot it in a M94 Swedish Mauser Carbine, and it was plenty accurate out of that particular rifle.

Generally, I would stick to the 120-140 grain range. Today, about the only bullets that I shoot in a number of 6.5x55mm rifles are 140 BTs...

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